Marsha Emerman

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On the Banks of the Tigris Film Study Guide

A study guide for this documentary feature film celebrating Iraqi music and the cultural ties that unite Iraqis of all faiths,

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The Film

On the Banks of the Tigris tells the story of Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian from a Muslim background who seeks the source of songs he loves and discovers a hidden history. To find out more, Majid makes a bold journey from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet Iraqi musicians, hear their music and stories, and unite them in a concert for peace and reconciliation.

Study Guide

The study guide, to be written and produced in association with the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM), will be a valuable educational resource enabling teachers and students to more effectively use the film in classrooms.

ATOM has specialised in curriculum based study guides for over 20 years. ATOM is a not-for-profit teaching association with a large membership throughout Australia. The ATOM study guides are written and used by teachers across all levels of education from primary, secondary and tertiary levels. On average ATOM receives over 2,000 downloads of it study guides each week from teachers in Australia and New Zealand.


On the Banks of the Tigris has screened nationally and internationally in numerous film festivals, cultural centres, arts venues, and special programs. The film has been awarded:
– Best Documentary Baghdad International Film Festival
– Audience Award, Arab Film Festival (San Francisco)
– Finalist, Best Documentary, Social & Political Issues – ATOM Awards

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Marsha Emerman is a documentary filmmaker specialising in films on the arts, human rights, and social issues. She is passionate about telling stories that challenge misconceptions and open dialogue.

“Children of the Crocodile”, her film on East Timor, aired on SBS, screened in festivals worldwide, and won an Audience Award for Best Documentary in Toronto. “On the Banks of the Tigris” reflects her keen interest in music, history and cultural identity.

Marsha has an MA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and lectures at universities in Australia and the USA. . She has a long affiliation with the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne where she teaches documentary in the Masters in Film & TV course.